This study is carried out to verify certain references of the book titled “Quaid-e-Azam Challenge Secularism” (Urdu) compiled by Azad bin Haider. Reading of the book is worth to understand the propaganda of certain quarters, with vested interests, who intend to confuse the people of Pakistan especially the young generation about its Islamic ideological roots. Azad bin Haider has done a great service by compiling an encyclopaedic volume of Quaid’s views supported by authentic references to refute all the arguments of so called progressive elements who are overpowered by the western thoughts and continuously poison the minds of general public on the issue. In the book the reference regarding the relations of Quaid-e-Azam and Syed Abu-al-Ala Mawdudi struck the mind of writer of this article. This study revealed that the author has based the impression of bitter rivalry among both diehard advocates of establishment of an Islamic state in Pakistan by misinterpretation of their differences and ignoring the commonalities of their thoughts. It found, that although there were differences among both great leaders but they kept them under check, refuted jointly, the powerful propaganda of Hindus and nationalist Muslim leaders of United Nationalism (Muttahida Qaumiyat), complemented greatly the efforts of each other to secure and build Pakistan as an Islamic state based on the principles of Quran and Sunnah.
The term Secularism, although used frequently, is subject to a variety of meanings. Despite being a subject of criticism by many scholars, the Secularization thesis still plays an important role in defining the main academic discourse on religion. The main contention of this thesis has been the claim that as societies become more modernized, the influence of religions will dramatically decline. However, in recent times, this thesis has come under a thorough critique, due to a perceived rise in the role of religion, even in Western societies. The encounter of Secularism, as an ideology, with the Muslim world, linked mainly with the colonial project, has also been a subject of study by many scholars. The Muslim case has been considered particularly special, because of the still prominent role that religion plays in Muslim societies. Pakistan is a case in point, in that religion has been considered to be the central impetus in the formation of the country in 1947. The main aim of the present study was to determine the impact of the Secular world-view on the youth population of Pakistan. To do this, data from surveys and pre-existing literature was analyzed. The data showed that a clear majority of the youth population of Pakistan still consider religion to be an important part of their lives. Furthermore, a majority identify themselves primarily as Muslims; indicating the role that religion can play in forming a transnational identity. Thus, the Secularization thesis is not an adequate theoretical framework for understanding the dynamics of a society like Pakistan. This paper proposes that new theoretical models be formulated, which take into account cultural, religious, historical factors into account.